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The latest news and information from the Achievements team.

  1. Day course in heraldry

    Are you interested in Heraldry? Perhaps you would like to know more about how to research families who had a coat of arms, and the sources in which they can be found? And how to identify a coat of arms?

    Our day course in heraldry is running next 4th March, so why not get it in the diary early. Run by our Principal and heraldic expert Dr Richard Baker, this is one of our most popular courses and always proves to be an interesting day.  Booking details and further information can be found here.

  2. Virtual tour of our library

    For anyone interested in our late medieval premises, and in particular our library, we now have a virtual tour available online, accessible here.

    This shows our ground floor shop and reception, small museum and lecture hall. Upstairs our library is made up of three large rooms, which hold significant collections of genealogical, heraldic and historical sources.

  3. Family history and heraldry

    Don’t miss out on the day course run Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies on heraldry, being held at our headquarters in Canterbury on 20th February.

    If you are new to heraldry, or would like to find out more about how heraldic research can help with genealogy then this course is for you.  Click here to find out more.

  4. Heraldry day course 20th February

    The IHGS day course on Heraldry, on Saturday 20th February, is confirmed as running.  Places are filling up, so to avoid disappointment book your place now.

    This course aims to show that the records of heraldry can be of great use to family historians, and is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those with some experience. Practical guidance will be given on how to understand heraldry and how to identify coats of arms.

    Further information, and booking details, can be found here.

  5. Interested in heraldry?

    Are you interested in heraldry and would like to find out how it can help with your own family history research?  Our sister organisation the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies is running a day course on heraldry on Saturday 20th February 2016.

    To find out more, and for cost and booking details, click here.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to visit Canterbury, why not contact our research team to see how we can help you investigate the heraldic aspects of your family history.  Click here to contact us for advice and a free quote.

  6. Canterbury Cathedral’s South Porch – An Agincourt Memorial?

    Interested in finding out more about Canterbury Cathedral? As part of the Canterbury Festival our Principal Dr Richard Baker is giving a talk entitled “Canterbury Cathedral’s South Porch – An Agincourt Memorial?” on Monday 19th October at our headquarters here in Northgate, Canterbury, at 2 pm.

    This event is free, and there is no need to book – simply turn up at our headquarters in Northgate, Canterbury, on the day. If you would like further information please ring 01227 768664.

  7. Focus on . . . . . hatchments.

    A hatchment was a memorial board of a deceased armiger’s coat of arms that was traditionally hung outside the family home during the period of mourning.

    They were usually made of a diamond shaped wooden base which had canvas stretched across with the coat of arms painted on. A black background meant that it related to a spinster, widow or widower. Whereas  a married man had the right half of the background white and a married woman the left hand side. Popular in the 17th Century, their use declined during the latter half of the 19th century. Many were transferred to parish churches were they can still be found.

  8. What is the meaning of our company name?

    Our company name, Achievements, which we have been known by for more than half a century was devised as a play on words.

    Every family tree that we produce is the result of thoughtful analysis, careful planning and meticulous research. Each and every one is indeed an achievement!

    But the word “achievement” has another meaning, too. Achievements was constituted as the research arm of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies – and heraldry is implied in our title, for an achievement is the proper term for a display of the coat of arms together with all the other heraldic accoutrements of an armigerous gentleman.

    So, our name Achievements connotes in a single word both of our principal research activities.

  9. Heraldry at Canterbury Cathedral

    Are you interested in the history of Canterbury Cathedral?  Our Principal Dr Richard Baker is giving a lecture on the history entitled “Canterbury Cathedral’s South Porch – An Agincourt Memorial?” on Monday 19th October.  This is part of the Canterbury Festival, which runs from 17th to 31st October 2015.

    This event is free, and there is no need to book – simply turn up at our headquarters in Northgate, Canterbury, on the day.  If you would like further information please ring 01227 768664.

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